Around Hawley on Foot
Hawley House is situated on a 400 acre property which straddles the 'Point Sorell' peninsula and is bounded by National Park.
The coastline is both wild and romantic in some places and secluded and sheltered in others offering wonderful walks and picnic spots. The vineyard is always a centre of interest and the coastal heathlands a haven for wild fauna and flora. Hawley is a photographer's delight and a romantic's dream.
Heading South to Latrobe, stopping at a few of the myriad antique shops and the unmissable Reliquaire, cross the Mersey River to Sheffield, famous for its murals and Flo's Pumpkin Scones, visit the Lake Barrington World Rowing Course, visit Tasmazia, drive through Paradise and marvel at Mount Roland. Decide whether you're visiting Cradle Mountain (1.5hrs each way from Hawley) or going 'over the back' to Mole Creek and King Solomon's Caves. Press on to the Trowunna Wildlife Park at Mole Creek. On your way home visit the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, Ashgrove Cheeses and Anvers Chocolate Factory.
The Tamar Valley & Cradle Coast Wine Routes
Experience the verdent farmland and forests as you make your way to the beautiful Tamar Valley. Visit the West Tamar Vineyards such as Holm Oak, Marions, Rosevears and stop at Piper's Brook Strathlynn Wine Centre for a light luncheon. Visit the grand history of Woolmers Estate at Longford and Entally House at Westbury. Experience the wonders of Launceston's spectacular Cataract Gorge or quaint galleries, and return via the Narawntapu National Park at Bakers Beach to see wombats and all manner of Tasmanian fauna and birdlife. A brisk hike to the summit of Archers Knob at sunset will serve as a perfect finale to a magical day in Tasmania.
Lost World of Loongana
A short drive to Devonport, visit "Home Hill" the National Trust home of Joe Lyons, Tasmania's only Prime Minister, then take the old coast road to the idyllic seaside town of Penguin. Head south on the Riana road at the foot of the Dial Ranges and drop down to the magical Gunns Plains where the hop fields thrive on fertile river flats. Visit the Gunns Plains Caves before taking the road to the Leven Canyon, stroll to the lookout at the top of the canyon (or slither down to its bottom). Past this is the Lost World of Loongana, with its beautiful pristine river, limestone cliffs and imposing Black Bluff.
Cradle Coast to Stanley
A relaxed drive to the picturesque seaside down of Stanley is one of Tasmania's best kept secrets. Spectacular scenery all the way to the wild North-west tip of Tasmania. Driving along the winding coastlines, stops can be made at Wynyards fossil cliffs, the tulip farms of Table Cape and the windswept lighthouse, the quaint Penguin township (Sunday markets). Stanley itself is situated at the foot of 'The Nut' - an extinct volcano accessible by either a steep walking track or a leisurely chairlift ride to the summit. If time permits, visit the seal colonies by boat, Mawbanna's beautiful Dip Falls and the renowned Tarkine wilderness on the return journey. Highfield House, the historic Woolnorth 'Highfield' homestead of Van Diemen's Land Company fame is well worth a visit.